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Classique - Stillwater Artisanal Ales

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354 Ratings

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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 79
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stillwater Artisanal Ales visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Thorpe429 on 03-13-2013)
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zestar, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to get a chance to try this one.

Light yellow straw color. Very soapy nose, which normally is a big danger sign to me. Thankfully this is bringing some funk. It's about time after all these beers with wads of sugar and bread and yeast. It's still a bit bright and loud with a citrus tone that is a bit heavy. But what's there works. I can dig it. Brings the old world funk I want to see.

RblWthACoz, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Rosquin
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Rosquin, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kell50, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of larryi86
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can, canned 9/10/13, poured into a tulip

A- A slightly hazy golden color with a four finger white head.

S- Lemons, green apples, some funk, touch of cloves, sweet bread, very nice.

T- Slightly tart citrus/lemon upfront, some sweet malts, some funk in the finish with cracked black pepper and a little herbal bitterness, well balance with a nice amount of complexity.

M- Light, smooth, crisp.

O- Very easy to drink. Just another solid beer from Stillwater and I will be picking up more of this. I truly love everything about this beer, including the price, only $13 for a 6 pack!

larryi86, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bigbluebeerguy, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of babaracas
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lighter gold color, two fingers thick of white foam settles slowly to a thin ring with some impressive latticework on the glass. Smell: pils malt, dry grass; lemon, nectarine; spicy and floral. Taste: lemon, spicy, soft graininess, fruity and semi-sweet but hop forward and a bit acidic. Light-medium body with substantial carbonation providing a creamy feel; drying, spicy finish - with a little metal. Nice, hoppy, table strength saison.

babaracas, Oct 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Robtobfest, Oct 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

beerman999999, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a 3 Monts tulip. Pours a pale straw amber with a one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of saison yeast, light citrus, light, sweet bready malt, a hint of funk. Flavor is mild malt, wheat, saison yeast and light citrus, finishing drier with a light funky bite. Light to medium bodied. A very nice light saison, flavor is muted from Stillwater's other offerings, but that's to be expected in the sessionable ale. Manages to cover all the expected saison flavor elements in a lighter ale. Well done, as expected from this brewery. A nice saison for pairing with a meal.

LiquidAmber, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

rosschive, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

strongaf, Sep 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tobelerone, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A brilliant gold, this Saison is bright and clear. A large, clean white head is heavy and rocky, a strong one nearly a full finger's height after peaking at two. Plenty of patching clings as it recedes.
This beer's overall profile is light but firm, with a gently musty, dusty earthiness and spices under an even base of pale malts with underlying floral and herbal notes, lemon zest gently adding to the depth in each sniff and each sip. A lightly dry, vinous sort of character is a major part of the character.
The feel is bright, crisp and clean in a light body with a strong carbonation that doesn't take away from the soft strength, but it does add a strong spritziness that, with the dryness, throws things off ever so slightly.

Brenden, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of EdelweissDad
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

EdelweissDad, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Almost three fingers of fluffy, white head. Sticky lacing. The beer is hazy and effervescent, but highly translucent. Very pale yellow.

S: Lots of yeast. Tangible funk. Not much spice. Generally pretty saisony, with a some floral notes and malt sweetness.

T: Sort of a like a robust lager with saison yeast. Drinkable, light, compelling, and rewarding.

M: Tart and carbonated. Refreshing.

O: I liked this a lot. Expensive, but probably worth it. Recommended.

AgentMunky, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As an architect by trade and education, the "postmodern" moniker on its label makes me think of something pure, advanced and without clutter- I can see where the brewers want to read this into their beer. But in the end... I don't know what postmodern means to beer.

The ale pours a rather common pale straw color with a hazy gaze. Its bright white froth is creamy and light even while trailing with clinging lace for random sticky patterns.

Bright aromas of lemons and green apples start the show, but does so with a light white wine note, a dry cracker-like snap and sharp grassy hops. Mild pepper and metallic scents give a snappy aroma heading into the first drink.

Its light straw flavor is lightly of bread, cracker, grain and whole wheat. Nearly rye-like with its spice, the beer's sweetness is short lived as it prefers a dry and minerally taste from the middle til the end. That's when the lemon, apple, and grassy flavors spring to life and close the beer's taste.

But to its texture, the beer is so dry, so crisp and so clean that it reveals a highly expressive ccarbonation value, sharp acidity and a minerally bite that makes me think more of seltzer water than of creamy ale. Its ample bubbly feel lifts the beer with ease to insure great refreshment and clean taste.

On par with many of the lighter body Saisons, I'll contend that this version needs a firmer wheat presence and a spicier note to control the balance of the beer. As is, I find its "postmodern" taste to be overly simplistic and perhaps aloof in its own arrogance. Or perhaps I'm reliving my architecture unpleasantries.

BEERchitect, Sep 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

rEBELlION, Sep 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tpaetow, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a Duvel tulip. Thanks, Drew!

A: Clear straw body topped by a dense, white, billowing, perfectly-sized head that swells just above the rim of the oversized tulip before slowly receding and leaving copious lacing behind. Gorgeous Saison.

S: Predominantly yeasty, with lots of medicinal phenols alongside some tart citrus, chalky minerality, and grassiness. Quite complex for a low-ABV example of the style. I'm a fan.

T: Fruity up front, with banana and citrus ahead of dry minerality, phenolic spiciness, and a hint of grassy hop bitterness on the bone-dry finish. Slightly chalky, super-dry aftertaste. Did I mention it's dry? Good, but not quite as engaging as the aroma.

M: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Soft and terrific.

O: I'm loving a nice, crisp, flavorful Saison in a can. Definitely worth picking up.


woosterbill, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a small patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge and a thin film in between. Bits of lacing line the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spices are present in the nose along with some hints of lemons.
T: From start to finish, flavors of peppery spices stand out in the overall taste, which also has a light amount of bitterness and notes of lemony citrus.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The spices also make your mouth feel a little prickly.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has some refreshing qualities. It would make for a good choice for a summer brew.

metter98, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

kaelingirl, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

buckyp, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Looks like the canning date is 02/07/2013. Pours out a nice golden straw color, with an aggressive, 2 inch head. Decent gobs of lace remain until the end.

Floral hops, pale and wheat malts are the first thing I smell. The yeast is light and slightly funky.

Crisp, light citrus and wheat are followed by tart funk, a slight sweet cumquat and a dry finish. Goes down smooth. Just a bit heavy on carbonation.

One of my top two session Saisons. Very tasty. No can taste.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Sep 22, 2013
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